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TweakTown's Digital Lounge Blu-ray Awards 2009

By: Ben Gourlay | Editorials in HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 16, 2010 5:05 am

Best Vintage Catalogue Release


Criteria: Best visual and audio remastering for an older title, released previously, including quality of extra features.




Winner: The Wizard Of Oz (Disney)


Why: For a 70 year old film to look and sound as good as The Wizard of Oz does, is nothing short of a miracle. Warner Brothers have put much effort into making one of the gems of their library shine like never before, and they should be applauded for going all the way for fans of not only this film, but cinema history.


Runner Up: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Twentieth Century Fox)


Best TV Series Release


Criteria: Best overall release of a TV Series property released over the course of the year.




Winner: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series


Why: No true Battlestar Galactica fan should be without every single disc out of the 20 discs. Filled to the brim with extra features and an astounding high definition transfer; this set really is an embarrassment of riches.


Runner Up: Star Trek: The Original Series Volume One


Best Studio


Criteria: Consistence of quality releases is a must, including quality of image and audio quality, consistency of lossless audio and at the very least, including special features from DVD release, if not more.




Winner: Disney Home Entertainment


Why: This was the hardest award of all to judge. So many studios put a lot of effort into their Blu-ray productions this year, so singling out one is rather difficult. However, in the end there can only be one, and it goes to Disney for the consistency of their releases, both catalogue (Pinocchio) and new release (Wall E). Rarely do they push out a title without first properly restoring the film (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), creating new additional features that can only work on Blu-ray (Sin City) or giving consumers just that little bit extra (additional DVD copies of the relevant film in the same package). Kudos to Disney, you've earned it!


Runner Up: Universal Home Entertainment


Best Overall Release


Criteria: Best Blu-ray release based on image, audio and special feature quality, and quality of the movie in general.




Winner: Star Trek (Paramount Home Entertainment)


Why: Again, an extremely hard award to dish out. In the end however, Star Trek ticked all the boxes to a higher degree than everything else, just edging out some very strong (and close) competition.


Runner Up: Wall-E (Disney Home Entertainment)


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